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Victor

Heart attack

Aged 82 at the time of his heart attack, medical staff weren’t sure if Victor could cope with open...

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Ruth

Heart valve problems, Rheumatic fever and heart disease

“Life can be good again,” says Ruth, a critical care nurse who learned about the far-reaching ...

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John

Heart valve problems

John thought his mild breathlessness was due to age. But a check-up following a bout of pneumonia ...

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John

Heart valve problems

John says his recent bypass surgery and valve replacement are not the end of his heart journey, ...

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Mereana

Aortic aneurysm, High blood pressure, Rheumatic fever and heart disease

Shortly before Christmas 2020, Mereana found out she had rheumatic heart disease and needed surgery....

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Gavin and Michelle

Aortic aneurysm, Aortic dissection, Carer’s story, Heart valve problems

Michelle’s husband Gavin’s heart problems emerged back in 2004 when a whitebaiting trip to ...

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Kate

Cardiac arrest, Heart valve problems

Kate was visiting her newborn daughter in hospital when she felt pain in her chest and collapsed. ...

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Geoff

Heart valve problems

Geoff was diagnosed with a leaky mitral valve at 37 years old, which resulted in surgery in 2016. ...

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Peter

Cardiac arrest, Heart valve problems

Peter’s journey started as routine knee surgery, but turned into a cardiac arrest and eventually a...

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Graeme

Angina

For someone who doesn’t like to sit still, recovering from open heart surgery posed a particular ...

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Wilson

Angina, Cardiac arrest

Wilson recovered quite quickly after his first heart attack in 1991. But a more serious heart attack...

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Graham

Atrial fibrillation, Congenital heart disease, Heart valve problems

Graham was at primary school when he first learnt he had a heart murmur, but it was another two ...

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